BMW To Sell Dual-Turbo Diesel Powered Cars In The U.S

Rumors | October 3rd, 2007 by 7

As we have mentioned several times before, BMW will bring next year the diesel engines to the U.S. So far, we know that the X5 …

BMW To Sell Dual Turbo Diesel Powered Cars In The U.S

As we have mentioned several times before, BMW will bring next year the diesel engines to the U.S. So far, we know that the X5 and the 335 will be getting the "d" letter.

But, according to the colleagues at wardsauto.com, BMW might be bringing the diesel engine not only in their 3-series, but also in the 5-series (535d) or even the more expensive 6-series(635d).

I have already showed you photos with a BMW 535d being tested in Michigan, so that is a pretty good indication on what BMW's plans are.

The dual-turbo engine that will be found in these models is a 3.0-liter sequential turbo I-6 good for 286 HP, 427 lb-ft of twist and a combined cycle of 35 mpg.  Not too bad in my opinion and it could get here right on time to compete with Mercedes-Benz's new diesel engines.

If you were to ask me, I would really love to see a diesel version in the upcoming 1-series, a 135d would be a dream come true.

So far, all the rumors point to a late 2008 release in the U.S, but of course, BMW will not disclose more information.

  • Johnny K.

    The 135d would set once and for a while the BMW benchmark for diesel performance. As the years go by and fuel becomes scarce…, BMW will make such inroads in this ever competitive market if only it would bring the 135d across the pond. In the future you will not even be able to get rid of your gas engined cars… Biodiesel/cornfields will be the new commodity in the third world countries and THE shift in economics will lean southerly. Legislation will not effect these seamingly less developing countries and a balancing will take place…

    You don’t need techno-know-how to make biodiesel, heck you can do it in your garage… BMW can CORNer uh, all this if it get’s started before the big domestics do?! That’s their only way to survive.. they have to bring the diesels over from accross the pond… If not, then we’ll be the third world developed countries and I’m goin’ down south with my 135d.. Habla spanglish?! Johnny Dabull …forest from the trees…

  • Matt

    FYI Biodiesel is made from soybeans and canola oil primarily, not corn. Corn is being used for the production of ethanol.

  • Johnny K.

    Here are some more interesting sites, just for giggles. Google: corn oil to make biodiesel and I got this…

    “The lines between corn and ethanol and soybeans and biodiesel are getting crossed.

    Traditionally in the biofuels industry, corn has been used to make ethanol and soybeans make biodiesel.

    However, many ethanol plants are planning to change their processing to remove the corn oil either before or after the fermentation process.

    This would allow corn oil to be used for biodiesel production and change the nutritional value of the distillers’ grains (DDGs) produced by ethanol plants.

    There are two ways to extract corn oil to make biodiesel.

    Jeff Kazin, general manager of extraction technology at Renessen, says his company is working on recovering the corn oil before it heads to fermentation.”

    http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=3&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.iowafarmer.com%2Farticles%2F2007%2F06%2F15%2Ftop_stories%2F03ethaplant.txt&ei=PKlqR4QHiZiCAqjRpYYP&usg=AFQjCNGhJTYrXQxyt4bgHDTndus7nv5w9Q&sig2=D6QGAzL9Vnp90mHPJ4DgdA

    the forest from the trees… Johnny Dabull

  • Johnny K.

    Comment and speculation always welcome. Humble regards, Johnny Dabull …the forest from the trees.

  • Johnny K.

    Sure, primarily corn is used for ethanol as well as the waste/new corn oil can be used for biodiesel.

    http://www.greencarcongress.com/2007/11/greenshift-agri.html

    Do you folks think as I do that we may end up going to farms for the fuel in the future? This may solve the starving farmers and slow urban sprawl?! I think that the warmer third world countries will also be able to turn over maybe 2 crop per year, what do you folks think?

    Now, back to diesel BMW’s…

    Do we really have to build big diesels to have big power and lower mpg’s?

    No, I have seen VW diesel’s 1.9′s and 2L’s get Dyno’ed at 250-300+hp and 300-500+ ft/lbs. of torque while still keeping a 40+ mpg. These can still be daily drivers. We don’t have to go to these limits. Diesel engines are moving toward huge gains by techno-know-how, like when carburators went to advanced injection set-ups… http://www.centralvwaudi.com, http://www.racingtdi.com and http://www.tdiracing.com are examples of this sort of thinking. As always any BMW comments/speculation are welcome. Diesel will change everything in the racing world, the ball is already rolling.

    Humble regards, ‘the forest from the trees’ -Johnny K.

  • Johnny K.

    Cost will be an issue however, at least better injectors, 12mm pump, compound turbo’s and intercoolers to keep EGT’s down (kermatdi.com) could be cost effectively put in the production process. Perhaps even propane injection for the initial pick-up could be thrown-in (safely) for good range and power gains. I had a little more time on my hands to make comments -lately. Someone said, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” However, I like this one… tell me where it’s from…

    “By iron, iron itself is sharpened. So one man sharpens the face of another.”

    Humble regards -Johnny K.

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